Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sharing Thanks for Changing Leaves at Caumsett State Park

Love these crimson leaves.
Fall is the perfect time to start a gratitude habit. In this spirit I am going to start blogging again about what I am thankful for everyday. Join me in the Sharing Thanks #TurkeyThanks Challenge starting on November 1st! If you want to join like my Facebook page or follow me on Twitter. Beginning November 1st post something your thankful for with #TurkeyThanks. You can post words or pictures! Let all of our gratitude send ripples of thankfulness in to the world. Here is what I was thankful for yesterday.

  1. So thankful for my friendship nature walk yesterday. I met my good friend Stella and we hiked down to the beach at Caumsett State Park. We spotted several deer families along the path. I have never seen so many at the park. They were fun to watch and were easier to see now that the leaves are changing.
  2. I was thankful to my daughter Becky who went grocery shopping for me. I really appreciate when family members pitch in.
  3. I was thankful for dramatic skies yesterday. It was a day where the sky was constantly changing. I got sprinkled on during my nature walk. It was an atomizer kind of rain that actually felt pretty good.
  4. I was thankful to come home to some delicious potatoe leek soup. I made some home made soup in the crockpot yesterday. It tasted even better with my Fairway french baguette. I am always thankful for a fresh crusty bread. So thankful that Fairway is only 10 minutes from out house. The fresh bread for $1.49 is amazing!
What are you thankful for today. I love hearing your gratitude stories.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Gratitude for seeing Jeff Koons Moon at Celebration room at the Whitney with my daughter!

Amazing playful work by Jeff Koons. Can you find my daughter?

       I was so thankful to get to spend a Friday Afternoon with my daughter seeing the Jeff Koons art exhibit that is at the Whitney! It was a beautiful fall friday afternoon. Here is what we were thankful for.
  1. Thankful to stand in front of an inviting steel sculpture of Playdoh. It is so realistic you really want to touch it and make a playdoh sculpture of our own. Craft night is so much fun even as an adult. There is something relaxing about getting your hands dirty and trying to make something.
  2. Thankful to explore the upper east side with my daughter. We stumbled upon a great Thai place on Second Avenue. The interior looked like a garden and they had a great lunch special for just $9. Up Thai is a relaxing eatery with delicious thai flavors.
  3. Thanks to my mom who recommended this fun art exhibit to us. She loves art and I had given her and my dad a gift membership to the Whitney for the holidays. I love giving experience gifts to my parents.
  4. Thankful to spend time with my daughter Becky. We both love exploring art, culture, and great eatiries in NYC on a budget. We loved seeing the Calder exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art
I love to hear about what your grateful for? I love getting to spend quality one on one time with my daughters. Tell me about one of your mother daughter experiences that your grateful for? Or a mother son experience.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sharing Thanks for a walk in the park

Chalk art at Norman J. Levy Preserve
Thankful for this beautiful end of summer weather with hints of Fall in the air. It was a top ten day on Long Island so I went for a 2 mile walk at the Norman J. Levy Park & Preserve. It felt great to just get outside. There is something soothing about being in nature. I love bringing my camera along and taking pictures to capture the joy of seeing a moment of beauty. I am listing my thanks today with the pictures I took of these small joys

Water Lily Pond at the top of the Preserve
I love this part of the park. They have a Monet like bridge overlooking the pond. I was happy to spot a few water lily blooms. After you walk around the pond I came across this incredible view.

Great South Bay View from Norman Levy Park and Preserve

I love the tranquility of this park. You pass a few kindred souls, walking or running in the park. I saw  someone enjoying the peace and reading a good book. It's lovely to smile and say hi to the few people you meet on the trails here. I loved seeing all the wild flowers and enjoyed one area where golden butterflies were flittering among the purple wild daisies.

Golden Butterfly drinking nectar from wild daisies.

I was thankful to be able to spend this time in nature. Soon Fall will arrive. I saw a hint of autumn colors during my walk. What a glorius hour walk I had. I left the park feeling refreshed and then got to enjoy lunch out with my daughter Becky.

Fiery orange leaves heralding the hint of Fall's arrival!

Share your gratitude story of spending time with nature in the comments. I love hearing about what you are thankful for. Today is another glorious day outside. Get out there and have an adventure!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sharing Thanks for a collapsed closet!

My new organized empty closet.
Sometimes good things happen from things that go bump in the night. On Friday night I was woken up by the sound of huge crash at 2:00 am. I jumped out of bed and turned on the lights to find that my wall closet rods and shelf had collapsed. My clothes laid half on the ground in a heap, and I'm embarassed to say it reminded me of an episode of "Hoarders." Thank goodness my cat was ok, sometimes she sleeps by a cuddly sweater.

How could I be thankful about this? Well sometimes it takes a calamity to force you to become more organized. Here is why I am grateful for my collapsed closet.

  1. I was thankful to have the opportunity to go through all of my closet belongings. I made my 3 piles, keep, give away to goodwill, and absolute trash. I have lived in our house for over 20 years. Some of my clothes are even older than that. I decided if I had not worn a piece of clothing in the last 10 years it should be thrown out or be given away. I felt so much freer parting with pants that have not fit me in the last decade. Sometimes you just have to wake up and smell reality.
  2. Thanks to my husband Spencer, who after I managed to empty the closet was able to hammer the shelf and clothing rod back to new! Thanks to my daughter Becky who helped me hold things in place while my husband happily hammered away.
  3. I am so thankful that I was able to part with 2/3rds of my belongings! Life is so much simpler to manage with less stuff.
  4. I am thankful to have caught the organizing bug. I am determined to get rid of the clutter, the unused underappreciated items that do nothing to contribute to me or my families happiness.
I hope you will share an organizing tip that you're thankful for in the comments. Sometimes good things can come out of bad things.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Sharing thanks for my Shotski Initiation!

Remember a shot of water can be just as much fun!
I love being around people who know how to orchestrate fun! I am a UMASS alumni, and one of our college friends hosts a reunion party every summer. It is so much fun to reconnect with old college friends and more important make some new memories together with all of our growing families.

  1. Thanks to our hosts Keith and Dora who hosted the party. It's a pool BBQ, and mostly everyone sleeps over. Guests from as far as Arizona, NY, Washington DC gather in Massachusetts to celebrate.
  2. Thanks to Keith and Dora for making a Shotski. Looking for something to do with your old skis? Keith organized pool game Olympics. And the games began with the a ceremonial SHOTSKI. There is something goofy about holding a ski and drinking with your friends. It just made me laugh
  3. Thanks to my team mate Annie in the swim relay. She held her own with the recent college grads. It was so much fun to be silly and be in an innertube kicking race. Although our team lost, we gave it our all.
  4. Thanks to Keith and Dora for teaching us that you are never too old to have fun. You help keep all of our friendships alive. Thanks for your amazing hospitality, delicious food, and most of all for your joy for living!
I invite you to share a reunion story that your thankful for. I love hearing your gratitude stories

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Sharing thanks for seeing the IFC film Boyhood

There is nothing better than going to see a summer indy matinee in a cool dark movie theater with my daughter Becky. Did I mention Becky is a recent film studies major? Boyhood is a masterpiece at capturing life's moments. Some scenes trigger memories of conversations I have had with my kids, fighting in the back seat of the car! Moments matter. Boyhood was filmed for 12 years and shows the cast aging and growing right along with the story line. See this amazing movie. Ethan Hawke's performance is Oscar worthy! What was even better was the discussion with Becky that followed the movie. Hearing her insights on the film and being able to discuss the movie and family dynamics. Take someone special and see this beautiful insightful film. This was a moment I will savor. Thanks also to the Cinema Arts Center in Huntington for celebrating independent films year round!


Monday, August 4, 2014

Sharing thanks for the sweet smell of a fresh herb garden!

Fresh herb garden at Barilla's new restaurant in New York City
I love cooking with fresh spices. Had a wonderful lunch with my girl friends at Academia Barilla Restaurant on 52nd St and Avenue of the America's. Loved the wonderful aroma of fresh basil, oregano, and rosemary wafting through this affordable restaurant. I have fresh mint and basil in growing outside on my patio.

  1. Thankful for making spaghetti with meat sauce with my fresh basil! Love the simplicity and flavors of a home cooked meal.
  2. Thankful for fresh mint in my home made ice tea. I love Lipton's cold tea bags so I can make home brewed ice tea. Fresh mint, slices of lemon, and a hint of sugar and voila home made ice tea. The taste of summer.
  3. Thankful to have lunch out with the ladies! Love finding affordable, fun places to eat in NYC!
  4. Thankful to find this draft blog post I started and being able to finish it. I love writing some gratitude about an experience I had with my girlfriends months ago. Great moments stay with us for a long time. 
I invite you to share your recipes with fresh garden herbs. I love hearing about what your grateful for this summer!